Gionee Elife E8 – Gadget of the Week

Gionee has been known as a premium smartphone brand from China that competes with the likes of Samsung and Sony and the Gionee Elife E8 reassures that. The Elife E8 is a huge device and has a much larger footprint compared to its predecessor, the Elife E7. Gionee hopes to dazzle the competition with its golden champion and here’s what we think about it.

The Display: Such size, Much Resolution

The Gionee Elife E8 is equipped with a huge 6 inch AMOLED display that rocks a resolution of 2560×1440, which, simply put, is a Quad HD display. Although the 6-inch form factor may sound huge, all of that is packed into an almost bezel-less design which makes the experience so much better. One handed use is still not as comfortable as it would be on a smaller device, but that’s a trade off you have to give to enjoy a display of this size.

The Processor: So Fast, Very MediaTek

The processor within the Gionee Elife E8 is a mighty one that comes from the house of MediaTek called as the Helios x10. It is a 64-bit octa-core processor that has enough grunt to power a Quad HD display and record videos at 4K resolution which puts it on par with the offerings from Snapdragon and the benchmarks are very compelling.

It is coupled with 3GB of RAM and 64 of internal memory, and users will be pleased to know that Gionee has included a MicroSD expansion slot. The chipset scores close to Snapdragon 805 in the Antutu test which is roughly 50,000. Its doesn’t mean that the Helios x10 is a slower processor than the Snapdragon 810 and the 808, just because the chipset doesn’t beat them in Antutu. Real world performances tend to depend on a ton of factors and this chip may indeed beat the rest in that.

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The Cameras: Such 24 Megapixels, Much Clarity

We know it and Gionee knows it too that users looking for their next premium smartphone are sick of the similar 13 megapixels sensors still used in most smartphones. We agree that megapixels should not be a scale to determining the quality of images a camera that output, but stagnation of technology just doesn’t go well with a tech enthusiast’s attitude.

Gionee has stepped up its game with the Elife E8 and now has the most megapixels on any android smartphone till date, 24 megapixels to be exact. That’s enough to go on a head to head competition with the flagships from Sony and Microsoft like the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL.

The camera is equipped with Optical Image Stabilization to provide blur free images when shot hand held. Gionee has also included phase detection autofocus to reach super fast focussing speeds. As mentioned earlier, the Gionee Elife E8 can record videos in a staggering 4K resolution at 30 frames per second. It also has a 120 megapixel UltraPixel mode which uses pixel binning to size up the resolution. To be blatantly honest, this has been already tried in the past and doesn’t do much except for increasing the file sizes. Sure, it helps a little when making huge bill board sized prints, except for that this mode has pretty much no use.

We are surprised that Gionee has decided to use the UltraPixel moniker which HTC holds on to with the claws of life. The front camera is an equally impressive 8 megapixel shooter which is bound to leave the selfie lovers in joy.

The Ancillaries: So Gold, Very Bold

The Gionee Elife E8 has a golden finish and an already mentioned almost bezel-less design which make it look premium. Although the entire phone is not crafted in metal, the built quality is top notch and flagship grade.

The device is 4G LTE ready and comes with all the other connectivity options. Gionee has also thrown in a fingerprint scanner which works very well and is positioned appropriately at the back. The handset runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop which is themed with the Amigo 3.1 UI. It also houses a big 3,500 mAh battery which theoretically should be enough to keep the device alive through an entire day even with optimal usage.

Our Verdict: Such Features, Much Cost

Retailing for a price of INR 34,990 in Snapdeal in India, the Gionee Elife goes head to head with the big guns like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and even the HTC One M9. The features and the premium look of the devices do justify the cost. But being relatively new in the Indian markets, users might be a little concerned about the availability of service centers and accessories. .

If Gionee can address these concerns and ensure that its here to stay, the Elife E8 has everything to be a huge success, especially since OnePlus is still sticking to its much hated invite system for the OnePlus Two.

Its only a matter of time before we get to know how well the device has been received by the Indian market. We wish Gionee all the best and appreciate its effort to go for the gold.